Easy Chart Maker

May 28th, 2015

My students will tell you that I’m not the most organized teacher out there. I’m forever looking for a certain book or sheet. And all this disorganization takes away valuable teaching time. Because of this I do anything possible to save time in other areas. That’s what inspired me to create Easy Chart Maker. It’s a tool to create scale and chord charts. It’s my hope that it will save both teachers and students valuable teaching and practice time. I hope you like it!

Easy Chart Maker

Easy Chart Maker

Tab Warrior on iPhone

March 17th, 2012

Tab Warrior: Journey to Fretopia is now available for the iPhone. Go to iTunes and get started mastering the fretboard the fun way!

Tab Warrior on iPhone

Tab Warrior: Journey to Fretopia Released!

February 9th, 2012
IFRAME Embed for Youtube

About 8 years ago I wrote my first video game for flash. It was a space invaders style game called Tab Warrior. Really I wrote it just to learn how to write a game, but rather than the usual spaceship I decided to use a guitar shaped ship (since I was planning on writing guitar games, why not?) The enemies I made shaped like picks and I added the evil Tab Monster!

Fast forward to 2012 and I’ve written about 20 games both for the web and iPhone. When thinking about creating a new fretboard game I decided to write my first sequel: Tab Warrior: Journey to Fretopia. Unlike the original, Journey to Fretopia truly is a journey. It teaches you as you play. Many of the games on this site quiz you, but Tab Warrior: Journey to Fretopia teaches. It assumes you know nothing about music theory, and  takes you on a journey to learn all the notes on the guitar neck. Hope its as fun as the original, and infinitely more educational! Boldly go where no guitar player has gone before…read music!

Woody’s Music Theory Adventure Released

December 1st, 2011

Woody's Music Theory Adventure

GuitarGames.net is proud to announce the release of our newest music theory game: Woody’s Music Theory Adventure! It is the first game that not only quizzes, but teaches you music theory as you play. We tested it on non-musicians, and by the end they knew the musical alphabet, sharps, flats, whole-steps, half-steps, the formula for major scales, and how to construct them. It’s a great game for kids or adults new to music. More info here or play it now!

Interval Crabwalk PDF and Webinar Recording

November 26th, 2011

Get a copy of the Interval Crabwalk PDF here.

Interval Crabwalk

Thanks to everyone who attended the webinar! If you missed it it can be seen here. The audio is a little choppy at the beginning, but the rest is fine :-)

To practice intervals on the guitar I suggest the following:

1) Play the interval crab walk as described in the webinar.

2) Play Super Scale Trainer in Quiz mode for intervals.

I would start by concentrating on min 2nds, may 2nds, minor 3rds, and major 3rds. Spend a week just singing, playing, and quizzing on those.

More to come soon!

Music Theory Webinar: Intervals-The Missing Link

November 14th, 2011

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Wouldn’t it be great if you could hear notes on a recording and find them on your guitar instantly? Intervals are the link between hearing notes and finding them on the guitar. For the past month we have been working on interval ear training, now it’s time to look under the hood and understand how intervals work.

Have you ever wondered what major or minor mean? Or why some intervals are called perfect? Attend our Music Theory Webinar!

Topics include:

  • How learning intervals can make you an awesome guitarist!
  • Where interval names come from
  • Finding intervals on the guitar
  • How to practice intervals
  • How to use Super Scale Trainer to learn theory faster

The webinar will take place on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 1pm EST. To sign up visit our webinar page. Attendance will be limited to 25. I hope you can make it!

Finish Up Your Intervals!

November 5th, 2011

Interval Worksheet

Time to finish up all the intervals First make sure you have a copy of the interval worksheet printed out. You can download it here. This week let’s add the remaining intervals: Major 6th, Minor 7th, Major 7th, and the octave. Here’s what to do:

1) Play the interval on your guitar (An example of each interval is shown on the interval worksheet).

2) Describe the interval

  • Poetic: sounds harsh, sad, happy, dreamy, etc.
  • Relate: sounds like the beginning of a song- My Bonnie, Jaws, Star Wars, etc.

3) Share: Feel free to share what you hear in the comments. Last week we had some examples from YouTube which I thought was helpful.

After completing the interval worksheet for Maj 6, min 7, Maj 7, and the
octave (Perfect 8th) play Ear Tester using just these intervals. Can you reach 90% accuracy or above? How about with all the intervals we have covered so far? Listen for distance. Ask yourself if the notes sound close together or far apart. This will help eliminate certain choices.

Next week signups for the Theory webinar will open, I  hope you can make it!

Second Assignment for Ear Training Webinar

October 27th, 2011

Interval Worksheet

Let’s add some more intervals to the ones we covered in the webinar! First make sure you have a copy of the interval worksheet printed out. You can download it here. This week let’s add the perfect fourth, tritone, perfect fifth, and minor sixth. Here’s what to do:

1) Play the interval on your guitar (An example of each interval is shown on the interval worksheet).

2) Describe the interval

  • Poetic: sounds harsh, sad, happy, dreamy, etc.
  • Relate: sounds like the beginning of a song- happy birthday, jaws, Star Wars, etc.

3) Share: Feel free to share what you hear in the comments. For a bonus see if you can hear the Stars Wars theme and Here comes the Bride in the new intervals (P4, tritone, P5, m6). I use both of those to this day.

After completing the interval worksheet for the Perfect 4th, Tritone, Perfect 5th, and Minor 6th play Ear Tester using just these intervals. Can you reach 90% accuracy or above? How about with all the intervals we have covered so far?

Next week one more assignment, and then I’ll be scheduling the second webinar, probably around Nov. 19th, so we can get it in before Thanksgiving. We’ll cover the theory side of things. I’m looking forward to it, hope you are too!

Webinar Recording and First Assignment

October 22nd, 2011

Excellent webinar everyone! It was good fun and I think we accomplished a lot. If you missed it you can see a recording of it here: InstantPresenter.com/GuitarGames

As promised here is your assignment for this week!

  1. Play Ear Tester using the minor 2nd, major 2nd, minor 3rd, and major 3rd. Keep an eye on your percentage(%) correct. Aim for 90% or above. Try to play a little everyday and watch your % increase.
  2. Play Woody Says. Start with level 1. See how many melodies you can get in a row!

That’s all for now. I’ll have a new assignment next week. Have fun!

Ear Training: How to Learn Guitar Faster

October 6th, 2011

Upcoming Webinar: Ear Training – How to Learn Guitar Faster  Oct 22, 2011 1pm EST (Sign Up)

A Startling Discovery

I’ve been teaching guitar to children for many years. They were the original inspiration for the games on this site. The challenge was, how do I get kids excited about music theory and ear training? Fast forward five years. I’m beginning to see some startling results. Namely this: Students who work on theory and ear training learn to play the guitar faster.

This was an amazing discovery for me. Yes, I always knew that learning music theory and ear training was important, but I was told that reading music and traditional methods of learning were slower than the tab approach to learning guitar.

I have had several amazing experiences recently that have turned this idea on its head. What I found was that students who played Woody Says (an ear training game) frequently, have the ability to hum a note and instantly find it on the guitar. Like most students they would get to a point in a song where they played a wrong note or forgot the next note. But, unlike the average student hunting for the next note, they would hum the missing note and wham! They were able to play it immediately.

Because of this connection between sound and fingers these students learned faster than the students who didn’t play the games. I came to this realization: Students who have connected the sound of music to the locations on the guitar learn music faster.

I have a student who can sing a melody and name the finger numbers needed on the spot. How? Woody Says and Ear Training!

It Can Work For You Too

Ear training and music theory can have the same effect on your guitar (or bass) playing. You can learn to play guitar with less struggle. Sound and the fretboard can become one reality instead of two separate worlds. The games on this site can have this effect on your playing.

To jump start your journey into ear training I’m putting together a series of online webinars (classes) on ear training.

  • The first webinar will focus on interval ear training. Even if you’ve no idea what an interval is, you’ll do just fine. I’ll also introduce Woody Says and get you started on it.
  • The second webinar will focus on the musical alphabet, half and whole-steps, scales, and intervals. These are the essentials of music theory, and what you use 90% of the time. I will also cover playing intervals on the guitar.
  • The third webinar will tie the ear training and the music theory together. This is where amazing things start to happen, and you’ll start to see your abilities take flight! I’ll finish up with how to play Woody Says in blind fold mode, the ultimate challenge.

If you are interested in learning the guitar faster sign up for the webinar today! Click here to register. The first webinar will take place October 22, 2011, at 1 pm (EST). The webinar is free to GuitarGames.net members, but limited to 25 students.